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Nymeth has come up with a beaut of a challenge — read books that were written in the 1930s or take place during the 30s. Here’s her plan:

Three months (April 18th – July 18th);
You’d only need to read a minimum of one book, though you’d of course be welcome to read more than one;
No need for a sign-up post or a reading list;
Just enter your name, read your book(s), and then come back and leave
Nymeth a link to your post about what you’ve read.

I am definitely in. The 1930s part piqued my interest and the gorgeous button above clinched the deal. It blew my wig, to use a bit of slang from the era. A little worried that I wouldn’t have anything suitable on hand, I went home and studied my shelves fiercely. There’s a nice little pile there!

Books written and originally published during the 1930s:

1931 Susan Spray – Sheila Kaye-Smith. I bought this because I couldn’t resist a title with my name in it.

1932 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons. City girl meets her nutty country relatives. Who could pass that up?

1932 Mutiny on The Bounty – Nordhoff and Hall. My friend Bronson, who reviewed the Pete Duel biography in a posting last year sent me this book.

1934 Tender Is The Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was feeling cantankerous when I bought this book. Everyone else was racing to watch or read Benjamin Button and I was feeling the Fitzgerald love too, but I just couldn’t go with the crowd.

1935 It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis. Gotta lotta Lewis love.

1935 BUtterfield 8 – John O’Hara. After being dazzled by another great 1930s novel, Appointment In Samarra, I wanted to read O’Hara’s follow-up.

1937 The Road To Oxiana – Robert Byron. My friend and fellow CRACKED SPINZ bookworm Alex loaned me this book.

1937 The Late George Apley – John P. Marquand. One from the Pulitzer pile. I remember the rush I had when I found this under a huge dusty stack of books at the used bookstore in my hometown and it only cost 54 cents!

1938 Thimble Summer – Elizabeth Enright. This children’s literature is a gift from my friend and fearless BOOKLEAVES leader, Veronica. She also included a cute bookmark from her trip to Boracay.

1939 Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo. This novel was so incredibly ahead of its time.

Also, I have a book set in the 1930s:

Out Of The Dust – Karen Hesse. 1998 Newbery Award winner. This copy has an interview with Hesse, the text of her Newbery Medal acceptance speech, Depression-era photographs, a recipe for homemade applesauce and a cultural capsule of what life was like in 1934, when this novel takes place.

Since this challenge started almost a week ago, I need to shake a leg and get started. I may miss out on some doss or get behind the grind but this is too swell to pass up. So what’s your story, morning glory? Are you in or out? Abyssinia!

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